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Fall 2018 Clinic Application for HeLP, IAC and Tax; Summer 2018 Tax Clinic
Thank you for your interest in the HeLP, Investor Advocacy and Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer clinics. Participating in a clinical program has tremendous benefits to your growth as a lawyer and is a transformative experience. We encourage you to learn more about our programs through our pages on the College of Law website, law.gsu.edu/practice-based-learning/, and by speaking with clinical professors and former clinic students.
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Per the Second Year Practice Rule, we will need to gather the following information
Last four digits of Social Security Number
Anticipated Graduation date
To which clinic(s) are you applying?
(Check all that apply. Students may only participate in one clinic each semester, but may apply to more than one.)
Descriptions of each clinic:
The Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Legal Services Clinic is part of the Health Law Partnership, a medical-legal collaboration among Georgia State Law, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Through partnerships with Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine, clinic law students learn alongside medical students and residents, as well as graduate students of public health, social work and bioethics. The experience teaches collaborative, interdisciplinary problem-solving and reflective practice, which encourages continuous learning. In HeLP Clinic I, students develop skills such as client interviewing, counseling and representation, negotiation, research and drafting, and case management. HeLP Clinic II builds on these skills by allowing students to handle more advanced aspects of casework. Under the supervision of clinical faculty, students work on cases involving childhood disability, housing conditions, education, access to healthcare and the drafting of wills and advanced directives. Our clients are low-income residents of the Metro Atlanta area, whose children are receiving care at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
The Investor Advocacy Clinic represents investors who have suffered losses resulting from broker misconduct but cannot afford or find private legal representation because of the size of their claim. The clinic will provide legal assistance and advice to eligible investors who may have claims involving misrepresentation, unsuitability, unauthorized trading, excessive trading (“churning”) and failure to supervise. Under the supervision of experienced faculty, law students handle most aspects of representation, including client in-take, interviewing, claim evaluation and preparation, settlement negotiations, and advocacy in mediation and arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Under the terms of the standard agreement between brokers and their customers, investors are bound to arbitrate most claims before FINRA. In addition, students educate investors on ways to avoid broker disputes. Through their involvement in the clinic, students work as lawyers in a small law firm, learning about firm operations in addition to honing their lawyering skills.
The Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic is the college’s oldest clinic, having operated year-round for more than 20 years as a nationally recognized component of the college’s experiential learning program. It provides federal tax controversy resolution services to low-income taxpayers, but it is not a tax course as such. The clinic gives students the opportunity to exercise a complete range of lawyering skills needed to practice law any area of law. It does so by assigning cases to students and affording them the opportunity to personally handle all aspects of client matters, from the initial client interview to preparation of the case for presentation before the Small Claims Division of U.S. Tax Court or before administrative offices in the Internal Revenue Service. Under appropriate supervision, students will interview clients, research legal issues, analyze facts, prepare protests and petitions.
Please rate the Clinic(s) to which you are applying in order of preference, with 1 being your first choice, 2 being your second choice, etc.
The following questions are designed to ensure that you meet the clinics' eligibility requirements.
Will you have completed all of the required first-year courses (Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Bibliography/Research Methods in Law, RWA/Lawyering Foundations, Property and Torts) by the time you begin taking clinic in the semester for which you are enrolling? * Note that you are not required to have completed all first year courses at the time of this application, but you must successfully complete them in the semester immediately preceding your clinic enrollment.
At the time of this application, do you have a minimum GPA of 2.3? * Note that if your GPA drops below the minimum between the time that you are accepted for clinic and the first day of class, you will be ineligible.
If applying for the Tax Clinic, have you either already completed Basic Federal Income Taxation or have you enrolled to take Basic Federal Income Taxation at the same time that you are enrolled in the Tax Clinic?
Will your schedule and outside commitments permit you to: (1) attend a full-day orientation session; (2) spend at least seven hours per week on client work on campus in the clinic-space; (2) prepare for and attend a weekly seminar and complete assignments; and (3) attend a weekly supervision meeting (total minimum of ten hours per week for students participating in the HeLP or Investor Advocacy clinics and a total minimum of 150 hours of out-of-class client work over the semester for the Tax Clinic)?
Do you agree with the following statement? If I am offered and accept an invitation to join the HeLP, Investor Advocacy, or Tax clinics, I understand I may not enroll in another clinic or externship at the same time.
If you cannot truthfully answer yes to the two previous questions, do not proceed any further as you are not eligible to apply for the HeLP clinic, the Investor Advocacy Clinic, or the Tax Clinic.
One of the important phases of on-boarding attorneys in a law practice is ensuring that there are no conflicts of interest in representing the firm’s clients. As Clinics engage in live client representation, it is important that we clear students of conflicts during the application process. The following information is required to conduct the checks.
Please list any clinics or externships in which you have enrolled while in law school:
Address of Outside Employment
If you work for an attorney or attorneys who share office space with other attorneys, please list the names of the other attorneys
If your significant other is a lawyer, please list the name of his/her employer or his/her partners or associates
If you live at home with a parent who is an attorney, or if you have a roommate who is an attorney, please list the name of his/her partners or associates
If you work for or live with a member of the judiciary or someone who works for a court, please list the name of his/her employment
If you had a legal employer in past, including the legal department of a governmental agency or corporation, please list the names and addresses of your former legal employers and the dates of your employment
If you have accepted employment in the future with a lawyer, law firm or other legal employer, please list the name and address of your future employer
If you know of any other potential conflict, perhaps due to other employment that you have or have had (such as investment firms, government public service, etc.), or any other reason that may give rise to a conflict, please list the relevant information here
If any of the information on this form changes during your enrollment in the Clinic, you have a duty to supplement this form
Why are you interested in participating in the clinic(s) to which you are applying?
Have you ever participated in a clinic or externship?
Please list the clinic or externship and detail the dates of your participation.
Do you expect to have outside employment next semester?
Please describe the employment, including the name of the employer, job title and hours per week you are expected to work.
Have you ever performed paralegal or legal work (including work as a summer associate or extern)?
Please list the firm where you were employed and provide a general description of work (without disclosing confidential information).
Attach a copy of your résumé listing prior work experience, current extracurricular activities and community service involvement. I understand that incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
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